Saturday, November 14, 2009

the family picture

option #1
option #2

It's that time of year again when we try to get a (nice!) family picture. It never seems to go according to plan, but still we try! Last weekend we had a beautiful 70 degree fall day so we went to a park to have a go at it. Friends of our came too with their kids and we tried a few shots with each family. Boy, it sure is hard to get everybody to cooperate and look like the loving family that we are ;) Well, these are the "finalists." We had some shadows to contend with, but overall, everyone is smiling and looking happy to be there! Thank you, Jen.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Halloween 2009
We had a mercenary, a bee, and an elephant!
Aidan "got it" this year and was delighted to get more candy and Ella and Tristan had races to see who could be the first to ring the doorbell! We cut it a bit short this year because it was so cold outside and the kids (and the 2 of us) don't need all the candy anyways!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Fall is definitely here- we've moved on from warm short sleeved days to the crisp days of autumn. I've even had to turn the heat on a few times to take the chill out of our house in the morning. This past weekend we took the kids to Graue Mill for a walk around the lake. I think everyone in the area had the same idea! The colors were beautiful- we're not quite at full color yet, but close. We might have to take another trip back next weekend.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

september 2009

exploring without boundaries


boundless energy




my right hand man



Monday, September 21, 2009

ella's photo shoot

Ella modeled for Dancewear Revolution this past Spring.
The catalog just came out and here's her page! You can
see the entire catalog at and click
on "debut performance" to get to Ella's page.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Aidan is finally on the move! He started walking in August
and is now up to a good trot! He's also talking a lot
more. It's so fun to hear the new words he says and the
ways he tries to communicate what he wants!
Ella lost her two front teeth in August!

The kids are back to school- Ella is VERY excited
to be in kindergarten and Tristan is loving 3rd grade!

Tristan is 9 years old!
He celebrated his birthday at Camp Paradise.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

my favorite time of year

I wish summer could be all year long. I love having the kids home; I love wearing my pajamas all morning long; I love taking walks to the ice cream shop downtown; I LOVE the smell of suntan lotion; I love everything about summer. We haven't had the warmest summer, but it still has been good and I'm dreading August 24th when the kids go back to school. This year Ella will be gone too, just mornings, but still a big step in her (and my!) life. She is ready and would start tomorrow if she could! Tristan is going to be in 3rd grade- unbelievable. We have about 4 weeks left of summer vacation and I am going to enjoy each day! Here's a little of what's gone on so far.
The Chans were in from R.I. for a visit
John know I've always wanted a cleaning service, so he found the perfect candidate!

Thankyou, Uncle Nathan and Auntie Annie, for the AWESOME Slip-n-Slide!

We went to family camp at Fort Wilderness for a week at the end of June. We had a great time, but weren't totally prepared for 50 degree weather all week! The kids loved building fires, riding horses, shooting .22 rifles (am I nuts?), making crafts, and playing with their friends.

Who's ready for the pool?

We went out to R.I. at the beginning of the summer- a wonderful time spent with dear friends.

new pictures

check out my photo blog - i've added some pics from recent photo shoots

Thursday, June 4, 2009

what we've been up to...

camping at the dunes in MI
wow, i never knew that camping with a 13 month
old would be such a chore! i was exhausted! the kids loved
the beach, riding their bikes around camp, having
campfires, and being together as a family.
it was a lot of work, but definitely worth it!
the kids LOVED the sand!
not a happy place for aidan!
our big hike up the dune, better than any stair machine at the gym!

some photo shoots...

this precious little boy belongs to a friend of mine-
he is just a couple of weeks old and is absolutely beautiful

and another subject...

i did a photo shoot at an alpaca farm for my sister's magazine!
this was definitely an experience!

a preschool graduate!

ella is totally excited to be heading off to kindergarten next year.
she told me that i didn't need to worry and that i shouldn't cry!

check out those heels, they have been ella's
signature piece since 4 year old preschool last year!

Monday, May 4, 2009


Spring is finally here, so it seems. We've been able to be outside and not freeze to death! Here are a few pics of what the kids have been up to. If you're wondering about what John and I have been doing, well... he is busy landscaping (which we are very grateful for) and I am "taxi-ing" everybody around during the day. I'm going to be taking a new photo class soon and hope to start scheduling some photo shoots now that the weather is cooperating.
my beautiful little girl

Aidan loves looking at himself in the mirror!

Tristan's greatest delight is to cuddle Aidan at night!

the latest craze- reading Tintin
(a series that John read as a kid!)
Aidan can walk around furniture and he LOVES the piano!

Monday, April 20, 2009


hunting for eggs

the boys on easter sunday

Thursday, April 16, 2009

mom, where were you?

I have this fear that when the kids are all grown up, they're going to look at all the pictures from their childhood and ask me where I was. I take TONS of pictures, but I think I am in only a handful of them! So, my new resolution is to hand the camera off once in awhile and get in the action so that the kids know I was a part of things! This morning Ella and I went to the theater with her class, so I thought this was a good opportunity to have our picture taken!

Friday, March 27, 2009